Generals Surge Past Express with Seven Run Seventh, Win 10-4
On what was appearing to be yet another evening where the Generals would score early and then go quiet, they were able to jump out with seven runs in the seventh inning to top the Strasburg Express 10-4.
The Generals began with an early lead in the bottom of the first as designated hitter Zach Evers led the game off with a solo home run to left field. Ryan Rosa would reach base on the very next at bat as he was hit by a pitch and then would later be brought around to score on a single by McClain Bradley.
This would put the Generals up 2-0 but would also be the only runs generated until the Express would breakdown in the bottom half of the seventh inning. Seven different Generals would tally RBIs on the evening with McClain Bradley leading with three and both Parker Phillips and Joseph Bellini edging out two a piece.
Though managing ten runs on the night, the Generals were only able to mount five hits. Starting pitcher Zachary Peek would go six innings for the Express and allow just two earned runs on three hits. He would strike out ten and walk away with the no decision.
The turning point in the contest would come in the seventh inning as Devante Dixon would come on in relief for Strasburg. He would only go for 2/3 of an inning and allow seven earned runs on just one hit. He would walk four and hit two batters. He would take the loss on his first appearance of the season.
The Generals would add one more run in the eighth to settle the score at 10-4. Patrick OShea would take the win for the Generals giving him his second of the season. Daniel Tolano would also add two innings of scoreless relief while striking out three. His ERA remains at 0.00 through 7 2/3 innings pitched this season.
The loss puts the Express at 7-7 on the year as they sit in fourth place in the North. The Generals now improve to 9-5 on the year as they gain a half a game on the Charlottesville Tom Sox in the South.
The Generals will be back at home at Kate Collins Field on Wednesday evening as they will take on the Staunton Braves. Don’t forget to bring out the kids to enjoy the slip n’ slide that will be nestled in the right fielder corner. The Waynesboro YMCA will be the evening’s sponsor.